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3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom : and my heart shall muse of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to the parable : 4. The parable ; and shew my dark speech upon the harp. Heb. a parable.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days 5. When the wickof wickedness : and when the wickedness
edness—i.c., when my
sins dog my steps, of my heels compasseth me round about ?
overtake me in the 6 There be some that put their trust in shape of temporal their goods : and boast themselves in the punishments.
6, 7. The helplessmultitude of their riches.
ness of man to save 7 But no man may deliver his brother : men. nor make agreement unto God for him ; ..
8 For it cost more to redeem their souls : Ver. 8 is parentheti. so that he must let that alone for ever; cal, and 9 depends on
7. Understand “nor 9 Yea, though he live long : and see not
make agreement... the grave.
that he should live 10 For he seeth that wise men also die, perpetually.”
10. For he seeth ; and perish together : as well as the ignorant
better, he shall see and foolish, and leave their riches for other. [it-i.e., the grave];
11 And yet they think that their houses wise men, &c. shall continue for ever : and that their dwelling-places shall endure from one generation to another; and call the lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless, man will not abide in 12. Man will not, honour : seeing he may be compared unto &c. ; rather, “man
[being] in honour, the beasts that perish; this is the way of
abideth not.” Cf. them,
ver. 20. 13 This is their foolishness : and their 13. [SELAH.] posterity praise their saying.
14 They lie in the hell like sheep, death 14. In the hellgnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall
i.e., the unseen world.
| Gnaweth; rather, pashave domination over them in the morning :
tures them, is their their beauty shall consume in the sepulchre shepherd. In the out of their dwelling.
morning-i.e., of de
liverance. 15 But God hath delivered my soul from
15. Hath delivered ; the place of hell : for He shall receive me. rather, will deliver. 16 Be not thou afraid, though one be
wch one he Here is the hope of
eternal life. made rich : or if the glory of his house be
[ SELAH. ] increased ;
17 For he shall carry nothing away with 17. Cf. “We brought him when he dieth : neither shall his pomp
world, and it is cerfollow him.
tain we can carry no18 For while he lived, he counted him thing out,” i Tim. self an happy man : and so long as thou
vi. 7, Burial Service.
18. Counted himdoest well unto thyself, men will speak good
self, &c.; Heb. blessed of thee.
his soul. Cf. I will 19 He shall follow the generation of his say to my soul, &c.,
S. Luke xii. 19. fathers : and shall never see light.
19. This shall hap20 Man being in honour hath no under- pen to him, although standing : but is compared unto the beasts in
in his lifetime he was
like Dives. that perish.
20. The refrain. Man being in honour, but not having understanding, is compar
ed, like to, &c. Morning Prayer.
ascribed to him. He was one of the famous
1. THE SUMMONS. THE LORD, even the most mighty God, hath “Hear ye, O mounspoken : and called the world, from the
tains, the LORD'S
controversy, and ye rising up of the sun, unto the going down strong foundations of thereof.
the earth : for the
| LORD hath a contro2 Out of Sion hath God appeared : in
versy with His peoperfect beauty.
ple,” Micah vi. 2. 3 Our God shall come, and shall not 2. Rather, Out of keep silence : there shall go before Him a
Sion, the perfection
of beauty, hath God consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall shined forth. be stirred up round about Him.
3. "There were 4 He shall call the heaven from above :
thunders and light
nings, and a thick and the earth, that He may judge His cloud upon the people.
mount,” Ex. xix. 16. 5 Gather my saints together unto Me :
4. Call-i.e., sum
mon heaven and earth those that have made a covenant with Me to witness. with sacrifice.
1 5. Saints; lit. those
6 And the heavens shall declare His I loving, and loved by, righteousness : for God is Judge Himself. | God, as in Ps. xxxi.
| 26. 7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak :
6. [SELAH.] I Myself will testify against thee, O Israel ; 17. THE FIRST REfor I am God, even thy God.
PROOF, in respect of
the First and Great 8 I will not reprove thee because of thy
Commandment. sacrifices, or for thy burnt-offerings : because 8. The charge was they were not alway before Me.
not that of neglecting
the outward ritual, 9 I will take no bullock out of thine
but the spirit of the house : nor he-goat out of thy folds. Law. Because, &c. ; 10 For all the beasts of the forest are
Heb. (omit “not”)
they are always before mine : and so are the cattle upon a thousand Me. The sacrifices hills.
were there, but not 11 I know all the fowls upon the moun
11. In My sight; tains : and the wild beasts of the field are | Heb. with ře_ie. in My sight.
are Mine. 12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee : for the whole world is Mine, and all that is therein.
13 Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls' flesh : and drink the blood of goats ?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving : and 14. I.e., “A sacri. pay thy vows unto the most Highest. fice of praise and
| thanksgiving," as in 15 And call upon Me in the time of
the Holy Communion. trouble : so will I hear thee, and thou shalt 16. THE SECOND praise Me.
REPROOF, in respect of
the Second Command16 But unto the ungodly said God :
ment, “Thou shalt Why dost thou preach My laws, and takest love thy neighbour My covenant in thy mouth;
as thyself.” 17 Whereas thou hatest to be reformed : 17. Thou; emand hast cast My words behind thee? phatic-THOU.
18 When thou sawest a thief, thou con- 18. Consentedst. sentedst unto him : and hast been partaker
The Hebrew word
means to take pleaswith the adulterers.
ure in his company 19 Thou hast let thy mouth speak wicked - sympathise. The ness : and with thy tongue thou hast set
words " sympathise"
and “sympathy" are, forth deceit.
strangely enough, not 20 Thou satest, and spakest against thy found in the English brother : yea, and hast slandered thine own
Bible, mother's son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I 21. Set before thee ; held My tongue, and thou thoughtest wicked- Heb. set in order ; ly, that I am even such a one as thyself :
not one sin is un
marked by God. but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.
22 O consider this, ye that forget God: 22. Pluck you away; lest I pluck you away, and there be none to | Heb. tear you in deliver you.
pieces. 23 Whoso offereth Me thanks and praise, 23. The Second he honoureth Me : and to him that order
Reproof ends, as the
former ended in vers. eth his conversation right will I shew the
14, 15. God will bless salvation of God.
those who honour Him.
Psalm 51. Miserere mei, Deus. [David's Psalm, expressing his penitence when This Psalm is used
Nathan the prophet had convicted him—“Thou
nesday. Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy 1. Do away; Heb. great goodness : according to the multitude blot out, erase. of Thy mercies do away mine offences. 2 Wash me throughly from my wicked
ough or through ness : and cleanse me from my sin.
means originally a 3 For I acknowledge my faults : and my passage from one side sin is ever before me.
to another, hence = 4 Against Thee only have I sinned, and
complete, &c.; cleanse
-i.e., pronounce me done this evil in Thy sight : that Thou clean.-Lev. xiii. 6. mightest be justified in Thy saying, and
4. When Thou art clear when Thou art judged.
judged ; better, when
Thou judgest, when 5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness : Thou sittest as Judge. and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
Dr Vaughan suggests,
“When Thou enterest 6 But lo, Thou requirest truth in the
into trial as a liti. inward parts : and shalt make me to under-gant.”—Rom. iii. 4. stand wisdom secretly.
5. An acknowledg
| ment of original sin. 7 Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and
- Bishop BROWNE, I shall be clean : Thou shalt wash me, and Art. ix. p. 241. I shall be whiter than snow.
6. Secretly — i. e.,
in the hidden partthe innermost consciousness.
7. The hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, and afterwards in several services of purification. Thou shalt ; better, O purify me!-so in the next verse also.
8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness : that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Turn Thy face from my sins : and put out all my misdeeds.
10 Make me a clean heart, O God : and 10. Right ; Heb. renew a right spirit within me.
firm, constant of pur
pose. 11 Cast me not away from Thy presence :
11. And take, &c. ; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. the last versicle be12 O give me the comfort of Thy help
fore the Collects, in
Daily Prayer. again : and stablish me with Thy free Spirit.
12. Thy free; Heb. 13 Then shall I teach Thy ways unto a free = willing, de. the wicked : and sinners shall be converted | voted spirit. unto Thee.
14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O 14. Blood-guiltiness God. Thou that art the God of my health : and I-e.g., the blood of
Uriah. my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.
15 Thou shalt open my lips, O LORD : 15. This verse forms and my mouth shall shew Thy praise. the first address to
God after the Lord's 16 For Thou desirest no sacrifice, else
Prayer in Daily Praywould I give it Thee : but Thou delightest er. not in burnt-offerings.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled 17. One of the inspirit : a broken and contrite heart, O God, I troductory sentences
in Common Prayer. shalt Thou not despise.
· 18 O be favourable and gracious unto 18, 19. Perowne Sion : build Thou the walls of Jerusalem. regards these two
verses as added to the 19 Then shalt Thou be pleased with the
Psalm after the return sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt from exile. offerings and oblations : then shall they offer young bullocks upon Thine altar.
Psalm 52. Quid gloriaris ?
upon the evil-doer, who is stated in the title
city of Nob.]
1. Tyrant ; Heb. O strong, mighty one! such an one as was Doeg.